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'Nonviolent warrior' Elliott Adams to speak in Grass Valley


Past national president of Veterans For Peace and international peace activist Elliott Adams will speak on Friday, April 1, in Grass Valley. His topic is titled “International Law, Drone Warfare, and Strategies for Peace” and will follow brief presentations by local anti-drone activists. The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

Elliott Adams served as a paratrooper in the infantry in Vietnam, Japan, Korea and Alaska. He transformed from being a soldier to being a nonviolent warrior, applying his intellect and body to building movements that advocate for justice. He utilizes international and domestic law as a means to end the “war culture.” He is a nonviolence and social movement trainer and has served in that role for Fellowship of Reconciliation, School Of Americas Watch, Peacemakers of Schoharie, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Veterans For Peace and War Resisters League. He currently works with the Meta Peace Team and is co-chair of Creating a Culture of Peace.

Adams has testified before the U.S. Congress Judiciary Committee and attended Parliament in Canada. He has been arrested repeatedly for the cause of peace. In 2013 he engaged in an 80-day fast of 300 calories or less in solidarity with the Guantanamo Bay prisoners and the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikes. Most recently he was imprisoned for eight days following a nonviolent, anti-drone action at Hancock Air Force Base in New York. Currently, Adams is traveling nationwide with the Meta Peace Team, conducting unarmed peacekeeping-skills training and strategy sessions.

Earlier in the day on April 1, Adams will join locals at an anti-drone vigil at the Wheatland Gate of Beale Air Force Base from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Beale is home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that demonstrators claim helps in the targeting of Predator and Reaper armed drones. Protesters from around Northern California have been holding anti-drone demonstrations at Beale regularly for more than three years. Several demonstrators, including Nevada County residents Shirley Osgood and Sharon Delgado and Yuba County resident Janie Kesselman, have crossed the line onto the base during nonviolent protests, resulting in their arrest. Local anti-drone activists will announce upcoming actions at Beale and report on the progress of related court cases before introducing Elliott Adams.

Find updated information at the OccupyBealeAir Force Base Facebook page or contact occupybeale@earth-justice.org.


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